Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Canada Post to launch Prince Rupert parcel delivery competition for New Year

Canada Post has opened the process for its parcel delivery
contract for the next two years

If Canada's Posts statistical overview is any indication, this week perhaps could be the busiest one of the year for those white postal vans that are criss-crossing the city on a daily basis,  delivering your most recent online purchases, or those presents from family and friends that are arriving just in time for Christmas Day.

However, once the flurry of the holiday season is over, Canada Post will be putting testing the waters to see how many potential couriers are out there, looking to deliver the ever increasing flow of parcels into the North Coast.

Last week, Canada Post released the details for a Request for Proposal, to seek out some competitive bids for the local contract parcel delivery system in the city.

The terms for the new contract will see the successful applicant provide for delivery services for a period of two years, along with an two additional option years, with the potential to start as early as March 1st of 2018.

The successful contractor is required to provide a service that will include the use of 4 vehicles during non peak periods as well as drivers and follows a string of performance guidelines as outlined by the Postal corporation.

The current service is provided by Alopex Couriers, a Powell River based company who provide delivery services to a number of British Columbia communities and appear to have done a commendable job in the Prince Rupert area since they took on the contract a few years ago.

Since their arrival on the local scene they have seen the explosion in online shopping adding to the challenge of delivering the volume of parcels that come into the city on a daily basis.

The documentation that comes as part of the Request for Proposal for the Prince Rupert service outlines a range of items for those looking to submit an application to review.

Included in the information package is a chart provided by Canada Post on parcel trends that offers up an indication as to the work load that the Alopex driver arriving at your door these days has had to face, with the last two months by far their busiest ones of the year when it comes to volume.

And today, being a Tuesday, will according to the review of past statistics, be the day where drivers will make the most deliveries across the city.

Canada Post statistics indicate that Tuesday is the busiest day of
the week for Parcel deliveries in Prince Rupert, with the
two strongest months for volume that of November and December

(from Canada Post website)

You can review the full documentation for the Request for Proposal here.

Bid packages are to be submitted to the attention of Brian Estabrooks at Canada Post Corporation Sourcing Management, 2701 Riverside Drive, Suite NO780, Ottawa, Ontario.

The Deadline for those interested in submitting a bid to Canada Post is January17, 2018.

For more items related to the city's Commercial Sector see our archive page here.

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